Rural development

Business Schools Urged to Promote CSR Beyond Legal and Profit Motives

"Most business schools do not equip potential leaders with the awareness and tools to internalise the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). In many instances, these business schools will address CSR in relation to good corporate governance and as an opportunity to increase profit margins."

When provided with an opportunity to work in the CSR sector, one is forced to reflect on the perceptions created and experience gained around CSR.

Vumelana Governance Award 2015

The Vumelana Advisory Fund supports the establishment of commercially viable partnerships between investors and local community land owners. Its goal is to enable beneficiaries of the land reform process to make effective use of their land.

The Vumelana Advisory Fund is calling for applications from Communal Property Institutions for the Vumelana Governance Award 2015.

Zim to Pay-Off Arrears to IMF

Zimbabwe expects to pay off decades-old arrears with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) within the next year, despite an IMF forecast that it sees the country's economy weakening further in the 2015.

The country's finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, says the country has started making token payments to clear the US$130 million in arrears.

Chinamasa, who visited the IMF, states that the government should acknowledge its debt to white farmers for properties seized during land retributions to landless blacks.

Rural Wage Employment: Is there a Premium for Agriculture?

‘Rural Wage Employment: Is there a Premium for Agriculture?’ investigates the determinants of rural and non-rural wages using the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) collected by the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The paper estimates the wage equation for rural and non-rural workers controlling for structural, socioeconomic, and political factors. Results show that employment in agriculture reduces wages for both rural and non-rural workers.

Can Adoption of Improved Maize Varieties Help Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Drought? Evidence from Malawi

‘Can Adoption of Improved Maize Varieties Help Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Drought? Evidence from Malawi’ used a three-year panel data set for 350 Malawian farm households to examine the potential for widespread adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties, a technology that holds considerable promise for helping smallholder farmers in SSA adapt to drought risk. Regression results revealed that DT maize cultivation increased substantially from 2006 to 2012, with the main driver being the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program.

Managing for Resilience: Framing an Integrated Landscape Approach for Overcoming Chronic Food Insecurity

‘Managing for Resilience: Framing an Integrated Landscape Approach for Overcoming Chronic Food Insecurity presents an integrated landscape and resilience management framework to tackle chronic food insecurity and vulnerable livelihoods. Climate change and fluctuating global markets represent grave risks to agriculture and agrarian-based livelihoods, as well as significantly increasing food insecurity. Overcoming these challenges requires a broad and integrated approach, an approach explored by this paper published by Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature.

USAID, EU Programme Benefit Farmers

A programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) has helped small-scale farmers in dry areas of Zimbabwe ward off hunger and generate income by commercialising indigenous plants.

The programme, which is designed to teach harvesting and production skills and to link collectors or farmers to buyers and markets, has already benefitted 8 000 small-scale farmers.

Learning for Rural Change: 11 Stories from Zambia

In September 2013, the IFAD Zambia Country Programme Management Team worked together with ILEIA to enable the documentation and systematic analysis of what was taking place in the field. Eleven practitioners working in agricultural development in Zambia gathered in Lusaka, documenting achievements and challenges. The importance of describing and analysing the results of agricultural initiatives is widely acknowledged. It helps to draw lessons and generate practical knowledge. Often these lessons remain implicit, as highlighted by one of our Zambian authors, Alfred Mkonda.

Global Eradication of Poverty Day: What Can Regional Associations Do?

The 2014 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, held today, 17 October, focuses on the theme: Leave no One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty. It is widely acknowledged that, without collective action from the Global North and South, poverty reduction measures will not work effectively and the gap between rich and poor will continue to widen.


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